Thursday, September 16, 2004
Two key components of a long-range strategic plan for the Steamboat Springs School District will be presented to the School Board on Monday.
The first, a curriculum development plan, sets forth the process and timeline by which the district will develop and finalize written curriculum for all core and elective subject areas.
The plan seeks to accomplish something the district hasn't been able to do in the past -- devise, articulate and complete curriculum for all grade levels and content areas, Superintendent Donna Howell said.
The absence of consistent and connected curriculum isn't the fault of the district employees who have spent considerable time writing curriculum during the past few years, Howell said. Rather, the district has failed to provide its employees a blueprint for successful completion of that work, Howell said.
"We haven't brought anything to closure," she said.
The curriculum development plan that Howell will present to the School Board at its study session Monday is being reviewed by staff members at each district school, Howell said. The four-year plan provides a timeline for curriculum development and establishes a curriculum review cycle.
"It's a standard process by which you develop and implement curriculum," Howell said. "We wanted to get this curriculum development plan developed and in place this year."
Creating a curriculum development plan was a recommendation of the curriculum management audit the district paid for earlier this year. Howell said the School Board likely will be asked to approve the draft curriculum development plan.
"They need to see that we're moving forward," Howell said.
The School Board also will hear a presentation on a technology staff development plan. That plan has been created with the goal of helping all district teachers and administrators gain competency in basic computer skills and programs. The plan also outlines how district staff will move to proficiency and advanced levels of computer competency.
"The goal is to have everyone at least complete the basics this year," Howell said. "We've had the technology, but there hasn't been a clear expectation about what all staff should know."
Also at Monday's study session, school principals will review whether their buildings met the goals they set for the 2003-04 school year. An emphasis on the review will be what each school is doing to use assessment data to directly improve individual student instruction and learning.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the BOCES meeting room in the district's central office building, Seventh and Pine streets.
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